RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — More than 1,500 flights were canceled nationally Thursday and another 1,700 have already been canceled for today due to Hurricane Matthew.
A dozen at Raleigh-Durham International Airport have been canceled so far, including some going to and from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Miami, Florida.
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Hurricane Matthew is taking a toll on travel across the country, and those that were able to make flights out of Florida are coming to places like Raleigh for safety.
CBS North Carolina spoke with several passengers at RDU as they arrived from different areas being impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
Some people said they cut their trips to those areas short. Others decided they didn’t want to risk staying home so they came to the Triangle to meet friends.
“[It’s] chaos, you know? You go to Walmart, flashlights, duct tape, everything’s getting bought up. Everybody’s boarding their houses up. It’s getting pretty serious,” said Daytona Beach, Florida resident Rafel Moultrie.
Katheryn Knauf from Fort Lauderdale, Florida said she was encouraged to leave by family.
“Wow, my sister said, ‘Get out of there. Come see me in North Carolina.’ So, here I am,” she said.
Another Florida resident getting off a plane at RDU said she was lucky to get out — her friends not so much.
“I was fortunate. The other people I work with had to drive to Tampa to try and get out. And, two of them are sheltering in place,” said Jodi Hetzel.
Over 400 flights have already been canceled into Saturday.